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Elvatrice Belsches to speak on the free African-American experience before end of Civil War

Public historian Elvatrice Belsches will talk about the experience of free African-Americans in Richmond and Petersburg before the end of the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church to host 11th Annual Jazz & Food Festival Aug. 3

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is hosting its annual Jazz & Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the park beside the Highland Park church, 2712 2nd Ave.

VMFA recruiting tour guides

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is accepting applications for tour guides to take visitors through its permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Richmond Public Library’s main branch goes through overhaul in way space is used

“We’re shaking off the dust,” said Scott Firestine, director of the Richmond Public Library. That’s his description of the changes sweeping through the Main Library in Downtown.

State NAACP hosting Prostate Cancer Summit on Saturday

The Virginia State Conference NAACP and Quioccasin Baptist Church are collaborating this weekend on a Men’s Health Conference: Prostate Cancer Summit to provide information about prostate cancer risks, detection and treatment options.

George Wythe Class to host 45th reunion

George Wythe High School’s Class of 1974 is celebrating its 45th reunion July 26 through 28.

Black media icons scaling back, possibly closing

It has been a rough few days for the black media. First, Ebony magazine and its sister publication, JET magazine, may be closing their doors for good. And then the publisher of the storied Chicago Defender newspaper announced last week ...

Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union to host Community Day Saturday

Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union will host a Community Day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at The Market @ 25th grocery store, 1330 N. 25th St., it has been announced.

Cable network backs Bailey for ‘The Little Mermaid’

A Disney-owned cable network has taken aim at critics who disagree with the decision to cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming adaption of “The Little Mermaid.”

Late rapper Nipsey Hussle honored at 2019 BET Awards

The late rapper Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the 2019 BET Awards in a show that also paid tribute to singer Mary J. Blige and filmmaker Tyler Perry.

'Togas and Tectonics' event July 11 at Science Museum of Virginia

“Science On Tap” is going Greco-Roman. The quarterly, adults-only event at the Science Museum of Virginia is back from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 11, with a night of Italian wine and cheese sampling, making a paper mosaic or ...

Vanderbilt joins in effort to create National Museum of African-American Music

Vanderbilt University is pledging $2 million for the National Museum of African-American Music, which is sched- uled to open a 56,000-square-foot facility in downtown Nashville early next year.

Viola Davis' production company is telling the stories of people of color

When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was deter- mined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen.

Astoria Beneficial Club to host 46th annual commemoration of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson

The legacy of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson will be honored 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in a ceremony sponsored by the Astoria Beneficial Club at the statue of Mr. Robinson the club put in place 46 years ago at Leigh and ...

VMFA acquires Kehinde Wiley sculpture ‘Rumors of War’

It all started on Monument Avenue. In 2016, world-renowned artist Kehinde Wiley traveled to Richmond for the premiere of his exhibit, “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Making his way to the museum on ...